IMSA – Indy Wrap on to Road America
Action Express racing dominated the Grand Prix at the Brickyard this past weekend. Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi took the lead going into the first turn of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and didn’t look back. With the win the two drivers have taken over the points lead heading into next weekends event at Road America. But as dominating of a victory it was I believe the real story coming out of Indy was that of Wayne Taylor racing.
The driver combo of Jordan and Rickey Taylor, were virtually unheard from all week long. The team was outshined in qualifications by the likes of Action Express, Oak Racing and Extreme Speed Motorsports who swept the front row.
In the race the Wayne Taylor machine was hit from behind in what turned out to be a rubbing is racing sort of day. This hit early on in the three hour sprint caused them to lose a key rear diffuser and took down force away from the car.. Jordan and Rickey limped the ill handling car around for the next three hours. A late race strategy call by the Wayne Taylor racing boys saw them not having to pit for fuel in the late stages of the race and turned a mediocre day into a top 5 finish.
With that fourth place finish Jordan and Rickey gave up the lead to the championship but only by two points each. The Action Express duo leaped to the top of the standings with their victory and the Visit Florida tandem of Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook have taken over third with their podium finish at the Brickyard.
Now the championship battle moves on to one of the greatest sports car tracks in the country. Road America is 4 miles and 14 turns of elevation changes and pure driving fun. All four classes in the Tudor United Championship will compete in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.
I believe you will see the Taylor racing boys to continue with their steady racing strategy and be back on top of the championship by weekends end. But they wont get there without a fight. The Honda powered HPD of Extreme Speed and the Nissan powered Morgan of OAK Racing should handle the terrain of Road America great.. Either way you look at it I am expecting to see some great racing come this Sunday at Road America.